FINDING himself unemployed for the first time in 50 years during the pandemic, Port Macquarie local Ian Francis turned to his guitar and put pen to paper.
The result was his first album since the early 2000's titled Isolation Salvation Part 2.
One of the songs on the album, Where the Sea Meets the Sky, tells of Ian's appreciation for his new home on the Mid North Coast.
"We lived in Parramatta before moving to Port Macquarie in February last year," he said.
"We wanted to try a sea change. I've always loved the ocean and we knew we wanted to live somewhere where we could see the ocean."
They found a place on Transit Hill with a view that spans across to town and the beach.
"The beaches of Port Macquarie were the inspiration for the song, Where the Sea Meets the Sky," Ian said.
"It's just so beautiful here and I wanted to capture that."
Prior to the pandemic, Ian ran his own business writing trivia questions for different shows across the country. However, during the tightening of restrictions last year, he found himself out of work.
"Everything shut down and there weren't any trivia shows going ahead because of lockdowns," he said.
"That's when I found that I had the time to write music and focus on that."
Ian has been involved in the music scene since 1974 when he stepped up on stage for his first gig.
"I have always done gigs and released my first album in the early 2000's that was a mix of things that I had done," he said.
"It cost quite a bit of money to produce the first album and I just found I didn't have the time to be in the studio in the years since."
Ian took creating his new album into his own hands and collaborated with a friend of his, Rob Askew, to help produce the finished product.
"There was a lot of learning how to use technology while producing the album, but we got there.
"I had a lot of back and forth conversations with Rob and worked with him closely on the album."
Ian has recently finished the last song for the album, with plans for it to be released on streaming platforms over the next week or two.
"I have always loved music and it is wonderful to be creative again. My last live gig was in November last year, so it's great to be able to get some of my work out there."
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